Photoshop cropping to a circle

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It would be great if we crop to a circle.  There are compositions for which a circle would be much better than a square.   Cropping to an ellipse would be good, too.  Can you please add this feature?
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June McClean

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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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As image files and pixels are rectangular, you would still get a rectangular or square image, with transparent pixels on the outside of you circle or oval. That is something you can do already.
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> It would be great if we crop to a circle.  There are compositions for which a circle would be much better than a square.   Cropping to an ellipse would be good, too.  Can you please add this feature? >

If you want to have your image show up within a circle, you can use a mask. A mask "crops" non-destructively. You can also use a shape and clip your image to the shape. By placing your image on a layer above a background image,  it will appear to have been "cropped" in an ellipse. Your compositions won't suffer a bit from the fact that you've used a mask or clipped with a shape (or mask).

You don't want the transparent pixels surrounding your image—that would spoil the illusion. — Unless, of course, you intended to save it with transparency and put it into yet another document.
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A mask makes pixels transparent. We are talking about the same thing. How transparency is shown depends on where and how you use the image.